The first female Doctor Who… was all the hoo-ha worth it? (apologies for that absolutely terrible pun…)

*WARNING: This blog contains spoilers, if you haven’t yet seen the first episode of Doctor Who, and intend to - please do not read this. Thank you kindly.* ‘Hold on their please madam, I need you to do as I say - this could be a potential crisis!’ ‘Why are you calling me madam?’ ‘Because… … Continue reading The first female Doctor Who… was all the hoo-ha worth it? (apologies for that absolutely terrible pun…)

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. An experience like no other…

I’ve just spent a week reviewing for EdFringeReview, an online student reviewing platform, during this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and I had the most incredible experience. And… because it’s the Fringe and everything is extra edgy and super cool - I’ve tried to write this blog in an extra edgy and super cool way (cringe). … Continue reading The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. An experience like no other…

Feminism: setting the record straight.

‘Me? Oh no, I’m definitely not a feminist.’ Feminism = ‘The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.’ ‘So you do not, therefore, believe that men and women should have equal rights?’ ‘Oh I didn’t say that! I just don’t feel comfortable describing myself as a feminist.’ If I … Continue reading Feminism: setting the record straight.

The extreme reaction to a female Doctor Who: a sign of entrenched societal sexism OR simply a mark of the disapproval of ‘traditionalist’ fans (or both)?

When the new Doctor Who was revealed last Sunday evening as actress Jodie Whittaker (whose previous television credits include Broadchurch and Attack the Block) I’ll admit, perhaps embarrassingly so, I was initially sceptical. Why embarrassingly so? Because I felt that any concern about Whittaker taking on this iconic role, would simply be disregarded as sexist … Continue reading The extreme reaction to a female Doctor Who: a sign of entrenched societal sexism OR simply a mark of the disapproval of ‘traditionalist’ fans (or both)?